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Hive management

Hive Management is the nitty-gritty of caring for your buzzing beauties.  We stock a range of products to assist you in coping with the reality of  thousands of bees in situ.

A good Smoker is an essential tool – we carry two styles, the Standard (Large or Medium) and the European style with an inner tank for longer life.  We also provide handy 8-packs of Smoker Bombs for a grab-and-go fuel option.  These are made from recycled corrugated cardboard and weathered hessian sacking.

An alternative to the smoker, if you are only planning a quick check, is to use Apifuge, our deterrent spray from Thomas Apiculture in France.  This product can be sprayed on your hands and clothing to keep the bees off.  The trusty Bee Brush is also a reliable tool.

When you need to re-house a swarm or encourage your bees to shift home, the swarm attractant Charme Abeilles, another Thomas product is a useful aid.  It is available in both paste and aerosol options.

Getting to grips with the insides of the hive, our stock range of quality hive tools – including the world-beating Jakel Multiwakant  from Germany and our own HiveWorld manufactured Big Brute Hive Tool will help you accomplish anything you need to do.  A handy little tool for specialist cleaning is the Queen Excluder Cleaning Shovel to keep the gaps open for the workers to get through.  Frame Grips to lift the frames out and Frame Perches to hang them on while you are investigating the internals are also helpful.  A wonderfully effective product is the Propolis Solvent, a Thomas spray which cleans propolis off your tools and clothing and also off tiles and stainless steel.

We have several Bee Escape options as well as an Assembled 8-Way Escape Board for getting the bees out of the honey super for extraction.

For treating varroa we believe oxalic acid to be an eco-friendly alternative that has a great future and we stock the Sublimox APF+ which is an excellent tool for the commercial beekeeper.  As a natural supplement, our 100% plant-based PROBEE41 Bee Supplement contains thyme and eucalyptus oils (amongst other natural plant-based products) which are both natural varroa deterrents.  This supplement will strengthen your hive in every way.

Don’t forget that every super taken in for harvesting has to be marked with your registration number.  Our Hive Stencil makes this job a breeze.

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